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Monday, September 30, 2019

Review: ‘The Tragedy of Othello, The Moor of Venice,’ presented by the Taffety Punk Riot Grrrls by Sophia Howes

The all-female production of Othello at Taffety Punk, directed by Kelsey Mesa, is a breath of fresh air. Because all the characters are played by women, you forget that they are female after…

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Review: ‘1 Henry IV’ at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre by Sophia Howes

1 Henry IV at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre, directed by Rosa Joshi, is perfectly cast and beautifully executed. Edward Gero is a superb Falstaff, and he is surrounded by gifted actors and …

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Review: ‘Betrayal’ at 4615 Theatre Company by Sophia Howes

Betrayal, one of Harold Pinter’s finest works, will open on Broadway September 5 after an extended run in London’s West End. Thanks to 4615 Theatre, a young professional company, you can…

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Sunday, July 28, 2019

Review: ‘Bootleg Shakespeare: Richard III’ by Taffety Punk Theatre Company at the Folger Theatre by Sophia Howes

Taffety Punk’s Bootleg Shakespeare, a beloved DC tradition, is like attending a party with dozens of friends you never knew you had. The lines are long. The audience is enthusiastic. And t…

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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting Presents Three Plays in Rep by Sophia Howes

Where can you find one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies, most passionate “problem plays,” and most famous tragedies, performed with conviction and flair? At the Shakespeare Theatre C…

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Review: ‘Hamlet’ at the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Free for All by Sophia Howes

Hamlet is the most produced play in the world. It is said that Hamlet is being performed somewhere every single minute of every single day. Now, the Shakespeare Theatre Company is presenting…

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Review: ‘Be More Chill’ at Monumental Theatre Company by Sophia Howes

If you can’t get to the Broadway sensation Be More Chill, which closes August 11, there is no need to despair. Monumental Theatre Company is presenting the DMV’s first professional versi…

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2019 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Beyond These Walls’ by Sophia Howes

Beyond These Walls is a provocative contribution to the Capital Fringe, and well worth seeing. It was originally devised in 2018 under the direction of Matt Bassett, Artistic Director of the…

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Interview: Alec Wild, Director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company Academy for Classical Acting at the George Washington University by Sophia Howes

Soft, behold! This summer DC offers first-rate Shakespeare everyone can enjoy. The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting (ACA) at the George Washington University, sta…

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Brecht and the History Behind ‘The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui’ by Sophia Howes

Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) left Berlin in February 1933, the day after the Reichstag fire, an attack on the home of the German Parliament. President Paul von Hindenberg had named Hitler Chan…

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Review: ‘The Oldest Boy’ at Spooky Action Theater by Sophia Howes

Sarah Ruhl’s The Oldest Boy is a graceful meditation on motherhood: its joys, its sorrows, and its unforeseeable costs. Director Kathryn Chase Bryer offers a visually lovely and emotionall…

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Monday, June 3, 2019

Post-Play Palaver: ‘Second Body’ at Synetic Theatre by John Stoltenberg and Sophia Howes

Post-Play Palaver is an occasional series of conversations between DC Metro Theater Arts writers who saw the same performance, got really into talking about it, and decided to continue their…

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Review: ‘Richard iii’ at Synetic Theater by Sophia Howes

“The future is already here—it’s just not very evenly distributed.” –William Gibson, author of Neuromancer. Synetic Theater, a beloved DC-area institution, has come up with a luxur…

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Saturday, May 4, 2019

‘The Oresteia’ at Shakespeare Theatre Company: Not Your Typical Chorus Line (Interview) by Sophia Howes

The Oresteia, freely adapted by Ellen McLaughlin from Aeschylus (c. 525 BCE-c. 456 BCE) promises to be a fitting conclusion to Michael Kahn’s last season as Artistic Director of the Shakes…

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Sunday, April 28, 2019

Review: ‘The Burn’ by the Hub Theatre by Sophia Howes

The Hub is off to a remarkable start under new Artistic Director Matt Bassett with their production of The Burn by Philip Dawkins. Featuring snippets from the Arthur Miller classic The Cruci…

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Review: ‘Black Pearl Sings!’ At Alliance for New Music-Theatre by Sophia Howes

Black Pearl Sings! by Frank Higgins, at Alliance for New Music-Theatre, is an absorbing production with an uplifting message. This witty play was successfully produced here in 2016 at MetroS…

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

‘Michael Kahn & Friends Off the Record: The Folger Years’: A Celebration in Pictures by Sophia Howes

“I think you have to define who you are–and that definition can change–but you have to be as uncompromising as you possibly can about who you think you are, and to fight for that, in b…

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Review: ‘Vanity Fair’ at Shakespeare Theatre Company by Sophia Howes

“I think I could be a good woman if I had five thousand a year.” –Becky Sharp William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863) is considered a great writer. Vanity Fair, despite its flaws, is h…

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Review: ‘Among the Dead’ at Spooky Action Theatre by Sophia Howes

Hansol Jung is an imaginative young playwright whose work focuses on feeling perpetually uprooted. Born in Jeonju, South Korea, she moved with her family to South Africa at the age of 6. Whe…

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Review: ‘Nell Gwynn’ at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre by Sophia Howes

Nell Gwynn (1650-1687) was not only one of the most talented actresses in Restoration Theatre, but also one of the most beloved. That was because “pretty, witty” Nell, as diarist Samuel …

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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Review: ‘Equivocation’ by Bill Cain at Silver Spring Stage by Sophia Howes

It is 1605. The Gunpowder Plot, in which a group of disaffected Catholics attempted to blow up King James I, his wife, his children, and all the political and religious leaders of the age, h…

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Monday, December 17, 2018

Review: ‘Kings’ at Studio Theatre by Sophia Howes

Kings at Studio Theatre is both entertaining and thought-provoking in every sense. Beautifully acted and directed, it reminds us that politicians, even though it may be hard to believe at ti…

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Review: ‘An Inspector Calls’ at Shakespeare Theatre Company by Sophia Howes

J.B. Priestley’s An Inspector Calls, as directed by Stephen Daldry, represents the best of international theatre. The play combines the chocolate-box delights of an Agatha Christie mystery…

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

Review: Aquila Theatre presents Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’ at George Mason University Center for the Arts by Sophia Howes

New York-based Aquila Theatre has been hailed by The New Yorker for its innovative staging of the classics. Founded in London in 1991, the company has a regular season of productions as well…

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Talking Shakespeare with Ted van Griethuysen at the Shakespeare Theatre Company by Sophia Howes

How do you interview a legend? This was the question I pondered on the way to the Lansburgh Theatre to interview Ted van Griethuysen, one of the finest actors of his generation. Shakespeare…

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Review: ‘Macbeth’ at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre by Sophia Howes

In  January 1666, famed diarist Samuel Pepys saw a performance of the William Davenant Macbeth and called it a “strange perfection.” The production that just opened at the Folger Th…

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Sunday, August 26, 2018

Dangereuse: The“Wow” Effect: Free-for-All ‘Romeo and Juliet’ at the Shakespeare Theatre Company by Sophia Howes

First-rate Shakespeare for free is one of the most valuable gifts the Shakespeare Theatre offers the DC community. The two-week run of Romeo and Juliet is a reprise of director Alan Paul’s…

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Review: ‘Macbeth’ at 4615 Theatre Company by Sophia Howes

Why do people commit evil, and once they have started, why can’t they stop? Now, as always, it is a question worth asking. Macbeth, one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays, is an exploration…

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Party On! ‘Will on the Hill’ at the Shakespeare Theatre Company by Sophia Howes

Romeo and Juliet, Beatrice and Benedick, and even (don’t say it) Macbeth were on hand for a Shakespearean love fest on Monday night, all to benefit the wonderful education programs the Sha…

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Review: ‘Saint Joan’ by Bedlam Theater Company by Sophia Howes

Long before he wrote about her, George Bernard Shaw referred to Saint Joan as one of those “half-witted geniuses, enjoying the worship accorded by all races to certain forms of insanity.…

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Saturday, May 5, 2018

Review: ‘Hamlet’ by the Royal Shakespeare Company by Sophia Howes

The fabled Royal Shakespeare Company brought its Hamlet to the Kennedy Center this week, in a production fully worthy of its glittering reputation. The RSC Hamlet is lavish, bursting with fr…

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